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Meteorology FAQ Part 2/7: Sources of weather data

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Last-modified: 1 March 2000

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With special honor given to Ilana Stern who conceived of this FAQ and
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There are 7 documents in this FAQ series:
  Meteorology FAQ Part 1/7: Intro
  Meteorology FAQ Part 2/7: Sources of weather data  <=== 
  Meteorology FAQ Part 3/7: Sources of research data
  Meteorology FAQ Part 4/7: Sources of CD-ROMs
  Meteorology FAQ Part 5/7: Internet resources
  Meteorology FAQ Part 6/7: Print and other resources
  Meteorology FAQ Part 7/7: List of State Climatologists

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Subject: 1) Table of contents 1) Table of contents 2) Overview 3) Collections of weather data links 4) US Regional Climate Centers 5) US State Climatologists Each (major) section has a "Subject:" line, so you can search on the subject title above to find the section quickly.
Subject: 2) Overview This section used to contain weather data: satellite images, forecast maps, soundings, and so on. However, with the proliferation of many great sites which present lists of weather links, I've decided to remove this section and replace it with a list of a few of these comprehensive sites from which you can obtain many others. This will let me focus on the research data portions of the FAQ which are more important and interesting to me professionally. For weather related software, see the research data section (part 3). I may add it here in the future.
Subject: 3) Collections of weather data links <URL:> WeatherNet is a big collection of North American weather links, images, and information. <URL:> North American weather links including marine and tropical data. <URL:> Allentown Weather Center. Links to many weather data sources worldwide including climate data. Text-browser friendly. <URL:> The WWW Virtual Library -- Meteorology. (Formerly at the Free University of Berlin) <URL:> The Weather Spot. Links to many weather pages, organized by type of data (satellite, severe, forecast, surface, climate, etc.) Mostly US. <URL:> The Weather Resource. Links to many weather pages, and to forecasts, movies, etc. Frames. <URL:> The Mining Company weather page has links and reviews of weather related web pages, plus articles. <URL:> Links to European weather sites. <URL:> Links to Australian weather sites. <URL:> Searchable database of atmospheric science servers.
Subject: 4) US Regional Climate Centers <URL:> Western RCC <URL:> Northeast RCC <URL:> Southeast RCC <URL:> Southern RCC <URL:> High Plains RCC
Subject: 5) US State Climatologists <URL:> NOAA's official list of US state climatologists.

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